How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination.
After Oparin’s coacervate theory was presented in the 1920s, it was dismissed as unworkable. Now, coacervates are back in style.
Tour is not one for mincing words: “The people who might disagree with me are biologists because they’ve never made anything.”
We are nearing a half-century since Eigen wrote about this paradox, and it “still challenges theoretical biologists.”
Leading lights in origin-of-life research share their work and thoughts in a series of open-access articles about chemical evolution.